Getting Ready for the Tradeshow this Weekend
This year we have decided that we are taking our business on the road and hitting a number of tradeshows across the country. We want to make a big impact at these events, so we decided that we were going to step up our display with a professional trade show display.
But the price of brand new trade show displays were outside of our budget.
It was important that we made a good return on whatever we invested into our display, so we decided to check out the used market to see if there were any options that would work for us.
As it turned out, we were able to pickup one of the used trade show displays that we found on InfinityExhibits.com. It looked like it was brand new, and the price was certainly more attractive than the exact same display new.
We will be packing up our trailer tomorrow, and we should be ready to hit the road on Friday. We have six tradeshows booked over the course of the next few weeks, and I am interested to see how they will go. Hopefully, we will come back home with a stack of orders in hand – I am really hoping that tradeshows will end up being a very effective way for us to build our customer base and drive sales.
Building a Larger Customer Base Through Lead Generation
I hate to admit it, but I was never a very strong sales person. I wasn’t one of those people that was a natural, but rather I had to work at it. Over the years I had been able to build a pretty good business for myself, and while it did well, I knew that it could do better.
With the right training I could grow my business to the point where it could support our family.
Since I knew the one thing that was stopping me was the number of customers that I had, I decided to focus on learning how to get leads. I was going to focus solely on getting leads that were ready to hit the buy button.
Instead of trying to figure it out on my own, I bought a course that taught anyone how to get a frenzy of red hot buyer leads. These methods were not niche specific, so they would work whether you were selling physical products or providing a service.
These skills would work for any business.
As I learn the exact methods to building a larger customer base, I have been applying them to my business. While I am not very far into the course, I have already seen an improvement in our sales figures and the number of leads we have been generating.
If you own a business and are looking to increase your customer base, you can do so by enrolling in the same course I took on how to create a frenzy of red hot buyer leads.
Upgraded to Online HR and Staff Leave Planner software
For years we have done all of our human resources management from our home office. This has required us to have an HR department that spends a lot of their day doing data entry for all of the time off requests, sick employees, and inputting new employee information. While this would have been adequate for a company in the nineties, times have changed and we have decided to modernize our HR department and start using modern human resources software.
It took us some time to go through our options and pick a solution that would work for our needs and our business. We decided to use OnlineStaffLeavePlanner.com, an HR software package that promised to streamline our ability to run our business efficiently. It made it easy to manage our employee information, calculating leave balances, and maintaining all of our HR documents safely and securely online.
We were able to define all our leave types and policies easily. Staff could login online to their dashboard and see leave balances and put in leave requests online. Leave approvals could be done in a jiffy by looking at how we were staffed at that time. Team calendars made it easy for us to view all team member availability at one go.
To add icing to the cake, there is also a mobile version of the software which makes it easy to update and consult our HR records online wherever we go.
It makes working in the HR department a lot easier than it used to be.
If you are looking to make your human resources department more efficient by managing all of your employee information and documents in a safe place online, then Online Staff Leave Planner is the solution you have been looking for. To learn more, visit http://www.onlinestaffleaveplanner.com/
Essential Webmaster Resource
While I might have a lot of experience running businesses, when it comes to running a website, I am a bit of a novice. I just dove into running our website here eight months ago, and it has been quite the learning curve. There have definitely been some ups and downs, but I am slowly getting my head around it.
I have come a long way from the guy who didn’t even know what web hosting was a year ago. But I can’t take all of the credit myself. You see, I had a bit of help along the way.
One of the resources that I have used to help me become the webmaster that I am today is Dev-Alert.com. It is a website that showcases the most useful tips for webmasters and is updated on a daily basis. Every time that I stop to read the blog, I find something new and useful that I can apply to my role as the webmaster of our business.
I discovered Dev Alert by accident while trying to figure out how to install WHM on my dedicated server. I appreciated their instructions that were simple to follow and gave me the guidance I needed to make installing WHM on my new machine easy.
If you are a webmaster, Dev Alert is a resource that will make your job running websites and hosting accounts a lot easier. Find the best tips over at http://dev-alert.com/
LuckyTakeoff.com Helps you to Start Your Business Right
While many entrepreneurs excel at creating successful businesses, most of them struggle with coming up with catchy name that is short, memorable and really helps them to stand out from their competitors.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
LuckyTakeoff, a London based branding company, makes it easy for you to hit the ground running with a business name, domain name and logo for your business. They take all of the work that comes along with establishing an online brand so that you can hit the ground running. New businesses are able to leverage their fifteen years of experience of naming and branding things and companies.
Their LuckyTakeoff branding package provides you with a business name, logo, domain name, responsive website, a branding identity package and business cards – everything that you need to launch your company. You can focus on building your business instead of wasting time trying to figure out what to name your company.
It is a stress free way to launch your new business.
Start your business right without all of the stress with LuckyTakeoff. Browse through their brands and find the perfect name for your business. Visit http://www.luckytakeoff.com and start your business venture today!
Planning a Relaxing Trip to Crikvenica
I have been working a couple of jobs for about six months now so that I could take a month long vacation far away from here. My girlfriends and I do this once per year, and it is a great time for us to kick back and get away from our busy lives here.
The last couple of years we have taken vacations only a short drive away from our homes, but this year we are going to travel a lot further. We’ve decided to go to Cikvenica, a coastal town in Croatia. My best friend Maja grew up there, so we will be able to have fun in the sun and visit with her family there.
Instead of staying in a hotel for the entire stay, we have decided to rent an apartment instead. I thought that booking an apartment from half-way across the world would be tough, but it was a lot easier than I thought.
I was able to find a good deal on an apartment at http://www.crikvenica-apartments.co.uk/en/ . Our place will be just a third of a kilometer from the beach, so it will be easy to spend time in the sun.
It will be about a month before we head out on our vacation – I can’t wait!
Getting my Ex Back
I know I made a horrible mistake letting Melissa go, and if I could take it back if I would. She was the best thing that happened to me, and I can’t see my life without her in it.
I really feel that we should be together.
I have been back and forth with my friends on the topic of Melissa and our relationship, and while some of my friends think that I should move on, I can’t – we are meant to be together.
One of my good friends, Jess, suggested that I could get a love spell to bring us back together. While I would like to think that something like that would work, honestly, I don’t really believe in magic.
What I have decided to do was find an alternative to love spells and find the way to get my ex back. From my search, I took a free psychic evaluation online from Psychic.Support, a website run by the prominent Beverly Hills Psychic, Christopher Golden.
While I normally wouldn’t consider getting help from a psychic, Christopher Golden has a long list of people that have been helped by him. Even the Huffington Post called him the “psychic to the stars.”
I am going to give it a shot. Anything I can do to get Melissa back will be worth it.
Using Offline Marketing to Increase Profits
While we have been using online marketing to successfully promote our online store for years, we have been looking into more traditional means of marketing to drive more customers to our website. While the focus of most marketing websites have been online marketing these past few years, we still need to remember that there is a large number of people that don’t use the internet. That is why we have started using offline marketing to help increase our profits.
Since I have been so focused on the online marketing aspect of driving sales to my website, I really had to step back and get reacquainted with offline marketing. In order to do that, I decided to see if I could find any websites online that would provide a good breadth of knowledge and techniques I could use to develop my skills marketing offline.
Out of all the resources that I found, the one that really provided the best value would be OfflineMarketingZone.com. It is a site that is focused on the offline marketing niche and provides tips, techniques and tactics that any business can use to market themselves offline. It was nice to read a site that provided real value without a bunch of fluff.
To learn more about how you can effectively market your site offline to increase your customer base, sales and profits, head on over to http://offlinemarketingzone.com/
I Finally Understand Object Oriented Programming
Up until college I found computer science easy. I suppose that since I grew up with my hands attached to the keyboard I was really destined to be a computer programmer. It was definitely a passion I pursued, and I coded things just for fun because I loved it.
But when I started college, the one concept that I really struggled with was Object Oriented Programming. This programming methodology is used in many different programming languages and is one of the key concepts that a software engineer needs to know.
But I didn’t get it.
In fact, I had to drop out of my computer science class because I couldn’t figure it out. Even with the help of my friends and a tutor, I struggled with it so much I had to drop out of the class and take a break from it altogether.
But I think that I finally understand it now.
You see, I enrolled in an Object Oriented Programming (OOP) by ElasticEngineers.com. It was a complete course that taught OOP from the ground up, and for every concept that we learned, we had an exercise to apply the lessons. I found it a lot easier to work through the course than my college classes as I wasn’t as rushed, and could take the time to go through the lessons again as needed.
I went through the lessons in about a week and I finally understand Object Oriented Programming.
What a relief.
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